1. Clear title and registration
. I once bought a sixteen footer and later discovered the registration
is for a twelve footer.
2. Completeness and functionality: Step mast
and bend on sails
and rig to make sure everything you need is there and it works.
3. General condition of hull: Does it need paint
. With a wood boat, I would like some assurance it doesn't leak. Maybe use a hose to put some water
on the inside.
4. Condition of outboard
. Hang it from the transom with the prop in a garbage can of water to see if it will start.
5. Condition of trailer. Is it roadworthy. Is there rust? Do the lights work? How old are the tires? Have they been sitting in the sun for years?
More than three, but that's what comes to mind.